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Xiaozhong                      Wen

Xiaozhong Wen PhD

Department of Pediatrics

Assistant Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Behavioral Medicine; Pediatrics; Public Health and General Preventive Medicine

 
Professional Summary:

My current research focuses on epidemiologic analyses and interventions related to obesity. I am particularly interested in the developmental origins of obesity and cardio-metabolic diseases, including maternal diet,smoking,and other lifestyle during pregnancy, placenta, intrauterine growth, epigenetics, and infancy growth. I am also very interested in clinical intervention for pediatric obesity. Below are my ongoing research projects.
1) Etiological subgroups of small-for-gestational-age: differential childhood physical and cognitive development;
2) Vegetarian diet during pregnancy and prevention of gestational diabetes and offspring obesity;
3) Smoking cessation during pregnancy and lactation and offspring outcomes;
4) Infant diet and health;
5) Toddler's self-regulation and later healthy behaviors.

Education and Training:
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Childhood Obesity, Harvard Medical School/Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute (2012)
  • PhD, Epidemiology, Brown University (2010)
  • MS, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Sun Yat-sen University, Honor Postgraduate (2006)
  • MBBS, Preventive Medicine, Sun Yat-sen University, Honor Graduate (2003)
Employment:
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Sun Yat-sen University, School of Public Health, China (2013-present)
  • Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University at Buffalo (2012-present)
  • Research Assistant Professor, Social and Preventive Medicine, University at Buffalo, School of Public Health and Health Professions (2012-present)
  • Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Obesity Prevention Program, Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School (2010–2012)
  • Research Fellow, Primary Care Center, Children's Hospital of Boston (2010–2012)
  • Tutor, Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School (2011)
  • Research Assistant, Center for Population Health and Clinical Epidemiology, Brown University (2009–2010)
  • Community Medical Service, Quincy Medical Center (2009)
  • Research Assistant, Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research, Brown University (2008–2009)
  • Research Assistant, Education, Brown University (2007–2009)
  • Teaching Assistant, Community Health, Brown University (2007)
  • Research Assistant, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, China (2005–2006)
  • Scientific Project Director, Epidemiology, Sun Yat-sen University, China (2003–2006)
  • Intern, Preventive Medicine, Center of Disease Control and Prevention, China (2003)
  • Intern, Clinic Medicine, First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, China (2002)
  • Intern, Clinic Medicine, Eighth People‘s Hospital of Guangzhou, China (2002)
  • Teaching Assistant, Anatomy, Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences, China (1999)
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Awards and Honors:
  • 30th New York State Perinatal Association Perinatal Conference: Scientific Track Poster Winner (2016)
  • The Obesity Society 31st Annual Scientific Meeting: Pat Simons Travel Award (2013)
  • The Obesity Society 30th Annual Scientific Meeting: Pat Simons Travel Award (2012)
  • The Obesity Society: 2012 Epidemiology Student and Trainee Award for Excellence in Obesity Research (2012)
  • Academic Pediatric Association: Fellow Research Award for Best Abstract (2012)
  • Pediatric Academic Societies: CTSA Consortium-Child Health Oversight Committee - Clinical and Translational Science Award (2012)
  • US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 17th Annual Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference: Travel Scholarship Award (2011)
  • US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 16th Annual Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference: Travel Scholarship Award (2010)
  • Brown University: Public Health Research Day - 2nd Place Poster Award (2010)
  • US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 15th Annual Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference: Travel Scholarship Award (2009)
  • Sun Yat-sen University: Keling's Scholarship (2005)
  • Sun Yat-sen University: Scholarship of the Alumni Association in Eastern America (2000)
  • Sun Yat-sen University: Annual Excellent Student Award (1999-2002)

Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • November 2015–March 2017
    CTSA Pilot: Pilot Study on Pediatric Obesity Prevention by Maternal Smoking Cessation in Pregnancy and Lactation
    National Institutes of Health
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $75,000
  • July 2015–June 2016
    Causes and Interventions for Childhood Obesity: Innovative Systems Analysis
    National Institutes of Health
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • September 2013–August 2015
    Maternal Low-Fat Vegetarian Diet to Prevent Gestational-Diabetes-Related Childhood Obesity: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial
    SUNY REACH (Research Excellence in Academic Health)
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $25,000
  • April 2014–March 2015
    Etiological Subgroups of Small-for-Gestational-Age: Differential Child Outcomes
    HRSA- Health Resources and Services Administration
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $99,968
  • July 2010–June 2012
    Use of Electronic Medical Records to Examine Prenatal and Early Life Risk Factors for Childhood Obesity
    CDC
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • September 2009–August 2011
    Epidemiology and Epigenetics: Maternal Diet, DNA Methylation, and Offspring Adiposity
    NIH
    Role: Contributor
  • August 2006–June 2011
    Pre- and Perinatal Predictors of Childhood Obesity
    NIH
    Role: Contributor

Journal Articles:
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Abstracts:
  • Wen X, Buka SL, Loucks E, Oken E, Kleinman K, Goldstein JM, Heude B, Eaton CB, Gillman MW. Modifiable Determinants of 4 Components of Gestational Weight Gain. Abstract Book for the 30th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Obesity Society. 2012.
  • Burris HH, Rifas-Shiman SL, Baccarelli A, Boeke CE, Kleinman K, Wen X, Litonjua AA, Rich-Edwards JW, Gillman MW. Associations of LINE-1 (‘Global‘) DNA Methylation with Preterm Birth in a Prospective Cohort Study. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. 2011; 2(Sup 1).
  • Wen X. Etiological Subgroups of Small-for-Gestational-Age: Differential Childhood Growth Trajectories. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. 2011; 2(Sup 1).
  • Wen X, Kleinman K, Rifas-Shiman SL, Baccarelli A, Burris HH, Litonjua AA, Boeke CE, Gillman MW. Cord Blood Global DNA Methylation Associated with Childhood Height among Boys. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. 2011; 2(Sup 1).
  • Wen X, Gillman MW, Kleinman K, Rifas-Shiman SL, Sherry B, Taveras EM. Childhood Body Mass Index Trajectories: Modeling, Estimates, Correlations, and Predictors. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2011; 173(Sup11).
  • Wen X, Buka SL, Loucks E, Oken E, Kleinman K, Gillman MW. Components of Gestational Weight Gain and Postpartum Weight Retention. Obesity. 2011; 19(Sup 1).
  • Wen X, Chen W, Gans KM, Colby SM, Lu C, Liang C, Ling W. Two-Year Effects on a School-Based Prevention Program on Adolescent Cigarette Smoking in Guangzhou, China. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2009; 169(Sup11).

Professional Memberships:
  • American College of Epidemiology
  • Society for Epidemiologic Research
  • American Public Health Association
  • International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
  • American Heart Association
  • The Obesity Society
Presentations:
  • "High Successful Rate of Maternal Smoking Cessation in Pregnancy by Multicomponent Intervention: A Pilot Study from Buffalo, NY" 30th Perinatal Conference, New York State Perinatal Association (2016)
  • "Can High-Quality Parenting, Breastfeeding and Well-Child Checkup Reduce Neurodevelopmental Delay Related to Small-for-Gestational-Age Birth?" 2nd Annual Obesity Week Meeting, The Obesity Society (2014)
  • "Differential Childhood Growth Trajectories of Etiological Subgroups of Large-for-Gestational-Age Newborns in US" 2nd Annual Obesity Week Meeting, The Obesity Society (2014)
  • "Do Maternal Socio-Demographics and Postnatal Factors Modify Subsequent High Risk of Obesity among Large-for-Gestational-Age Children?" 2nd Annual Obesity Week Meeting, The Obesity Society (2014)
  • "Fruits and Vegetables Consumption: Do Timing of Introduction, Early Liking and Early Consumption Matter?" 2nd Annual Obesity Week Meeting, The Obesity Society (2014)
  • "Mid-Childhood Fruit and Vegetable Consumption: Do Timing of Introduction, Early Liking and Early Consumption Matter?" 2nd Annual Obesity Week Meeting, The Obesity Society (2014)
  • "Postnatal Weight Gain and Later BMI and Neurodevelopment: Do Timing, Gestational Age and Intrauterine Growth Matter?" 2nd Annual Obesity Week Meeting, The Obesity Society (2014)
  • "Toddler General Self-Regulation and Later Eating Habits: Does Parental Rule about Food Type Matter?" 2nd Annual Obesity Week Meeting, The Obesity Society (2014)
  • "Toddler General Self-Regulation and Later Eating Habits: Does Parental Rule About Food Type Matter?" 2nd Annual Obesity Week Meeting, The Obesity Society (2014)
  • "U.S. Infant Dietary Patterns: Socio-Demographic Differences and Potential Impact on Infant Growth" 2nd Annual Obesity Week Meeting, The Obesity Society (2014)
  • "U.S. Infant Vegetable Consumption: Prevalence, Child/Maternal Predictors and Potential Impact on Infant Growth" 2nd Annual Obesity Week Meeting, The Obesity Society (2014)
  • "Maternal Physical Activity before and during Pregnancy and Offspring Adiposity at Mid-Childhood" Early Nutrition-The Power of Programming, Early Nutrition Academy (2014)
  • "Preeclampsia Prevention by Normalizing Prepregnancy Weight among Overweight/Obese Women: Findings from a National Pre-Birth Cohort" 12th International Congress on Obesity, World Obesity Federation (2014)
  • "Macrosomia Prevention by Normalizing Prepregnancy Weight among Overweight/Obese Women: Findings from a National Pre-Birth Cohort" 1st Annual Obesity Week Meeting, The Obesity Society (2013)
  • "Association of Diet and Physical Activity with the 3 Components of Gestational Weight Gain" Annual Meeting, Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (2013)
  • "Modifiable Determinants of 4 Components of Gestational Weight Gain" 30th Annual Scientific Meeting, The Obesity Society (2012)
  • "Etiological Subgroups of Small-for-Gestational-Age: Differential Childhood Physical and Cognitive Outcomes at 7 Years of Age" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2012)
  • "Components of Gestational Weight Gain and Child Body Mass Index at Age 7 Years" 17th Annual Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2011)
  • "Associations of LINE-1 ('Global') DNA Methylation with Preterm Birth in a Prospective Cohort Study" National Conference and Exhibition, American Academy of Pediatrics (2011)
  • "Components of Gestational Weight Gain and Postpartum Weight Retention" 29th Annual Scientific Meeting, The Obesity Society (2011)
  • "Cord Blood Global DNA Methylation Associated with Childhood Height among Boys" 7th World Congress, Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (2011)
  • "Etiological Subgroups of Small-for-Gestational-Age: Differential Childhood Growth Trajectories" 7th World Congress, Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (2011)
  • "Childhood Body Mass Index Trajectories: Modeling, Estimates, Correlations, and Predictors" 3rd North American Congress of Epidemiology, Society for Epidemiologic Research (2011)
  • "2-Year Body Mass Index Changes among Participants of a Pediatric Obesity Weight" Joint Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies/Asian Society for Pediatric Research (2011)
  • "Associations between Childhood BMI Trajectory and Obesity in Late Adolescence" Annual Meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies (2011)
  • "Associations between Early Childhood Body Mass Index Milestones and Systolic Blood Pressure at Age 11 and 18 Years" Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention Conference/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism Conference, American Heart Association (2011)
  • "Associations of Placental Size and Vascular Pathological Lesions with Childhood Systolic Blood Pressure" 16th Annual Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010)
  • "Associations between Maternal Factors and Systolic Blood Pressure in Children: The Roles of Intrauterine Growth Restriction and Childhood Growth Trajectory" Annual Meeting, Society for Epidemiologic Research (2010)
  • "Breastfeeding Amplifies the Risk of Childhood Overweight Associated with Maternal Smoking" Annual Meeting, Society for Epidemiologic Research (2010)
  • "Test-Retest Reliability of Key Variables from the Lifetime Interview on Smoking History (LIST)" Annual Meeting, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (2010)
  • "Validity of Adults' 40-Year Recall of Exposure to Maternal Smoking during Early Childhood" Annual Meeting, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (2010)
  • "Association between Subtypes of Intrauterine Growth Restriction with or without Maternal Smoking during Pregnancy and the Risk of Hypercholesterolemia in Later Life: A 40-Year Cohort Study" 15th Annual Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2009)
  • "Two-Year Effects of a School-Based Prevention Program on Adolescent Cigarette Smoking in Guangzhou, China" Annual Meeting, Society for Epidemiologic Research (2009)
  • "Effect of Health Promotion School Model on Smoking Prevention and Control in Secondary School Students" 14th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, World Health Organization (2009)
  • "Report on the Program of Tobacco Use Prevention among Adolescents in Huangpu, Guangzhou" Regional Conference on Smoking and Launching Ceremony for the Campaign of Tobacco Control in the Area of Pearl River Delta (2005)
  • "Survey on the Characteristics of Smoking Behaviors among Secondary School Students in Suburbs at Guangzhou, China" 12th Chinese National Conference on Smoking and Health/2nd Forum on Framework Conference on Tobacco Control (2005)
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Service Activities:
  • Health Resources and Services Administration: Maternal and Child Health Research Program; Grant Reviewer (2016)
  • Health Resources and Services Administration: Maternal and Child Health Secondary Data Analysis Studies Program; Grant Reviewer (2016)
  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Search Committee for the Division of Behavioral Medicine; Committee Member (2016)
  • University at Buffalo: IMPACT Grant; Grant Reviewer (2016)
  • University at Buffalo Department of Epidemiology: Obesity Epidemiology; Guest Lecturer (2015)
  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Postdoctoral Research Symposium; Poster Judge (2014–2015)
  • The Obesity Society: Scientific Review Committee - Early Career Research; Grant Reviewer (2014)
  • The Obesity Society: Scientific Review Committee - The Egg Nutrition Center Research; Grant Reviewer (2014)
  • The Obesity Society: Scientific Review Committee - Weight Watchers; Grant Reviewer (2014)
  • The Obesity Society: Scientific Review Committee; Committee Member (2013–2015)
  • Society for Epidemiological Research: Education and Professional Development Committee; Committee Member (2013–2014)
  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Xiuhong Li (Visiting Professor); Sponsor (2013–2014)
  • Diabetes UK; Grant Reviewer (2013)
  • American College of Epidemiology: Abstracts; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2013–present)
  • American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2013–present)
  • BMC Medical Education Journal; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2013–present)
  • Circulation Journal; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2013–present)
  • Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research: Abstracts; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2013–present)
  • Brown University Department of Epidemiology: Analysis of Population-Based Data Sets; Guest Lecturer (2012)
  • Brown University Department of Epidemiology: Methodological and Practical Issues in Global Health Research; Guest Lecturer (2012)
  • American Journal of Epidemiology; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2012–present)
  • Annals of Human Biology; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2012–present)
  • BMC Public Health Journal; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2012–present)
  • Journal of Women's Health; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2012–present)
  • Obesity Facts Journal; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2012–present)
  • Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology Journal; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2012–present)
  • PLoS ONE Journal; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2012–present)
  • Society for Epidemiological Research: Abstracts; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2012–present)
  • The Obesity Society: Clinical Committee; Committee Member (2011–2013)
  • Archives of Disease in Childhood; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2011–present)
  • Hypertension Research Journal; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2011–present)
  • Nicotine and Tobacco Research Journal; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2011–present)
  • Pediatric Obesity Journal; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2011–present)
  • Pediatrics (Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics); Ad Hoc Reviewer (2011–present)
  • Harvard Medical School Department of Population Medicine: Seminars for Medical Students; Guest Lecturer (2010)
  • British Medical Journal; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2010–present)
  • Health Promotion International Journal; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2010–present)
  • Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference: Abstracts; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2010–present)
  • The Lancet Journal; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2008–present)

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University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Division of Behavioral Medicine
G56 Farber Hall, 3435 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14228
Phone: (716) 829-6811
Fax: (716) 829-3993
Email: xiaozhon@buffalo.edu


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